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New 'floating classrooms' coming to West Point Lake

(Source: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper) (Source: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper)

(WTVM) - Students and residents in West Georgia will soon be able to "float" their way toward a better understanding of biology and hydrology.

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has announced the creation of a new "floating classroom" on West Point Lake to serve the Middle Chattahoochee Region, including private and public schools, colleges, nature centers, camps, and civic groups.

The classroom will consist of a custom built 40-foot pontoon boat certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to hold up to 44 people.

LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton calls the new classroom a wonderful learning opportunity.

“Oh I think that this is a wonderful new asset to our community.  It's going to provide education to our local students as well as civic groups, and just any interested citizens that just want to come out on the lake to learn more about the biology, and the hydrology, and all of the various things that go into maintaining West Point Lake as a great resource,” Mayor Thornton said.

The classroom will feature hands-on activities such as water quality sampling.

It is set to open late spring or early summer of next year.

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